#alfrescoeating London style...

Posted on August 28 2017

If you follow us on instagram you will have seen that this summer, we have enjoyed lots of alfresco dining in the capital, so we thought we would share some of our favourite spots....

     

Its difficult with where to start when it comes to London - for example we love Ciao Bella on Lambs Conduit Street, a no frills local with delicious pizza and pasta, where you can enjoy all year round alfresco tables, we particularly love the chunks of delicious parmesan and big fat green olives that you are offered as an appetiser.  There are plenty of one off's like this to choose from once you get into the different 'villages' of London, with many of the bigger names coming from the same groups, including Soho House (Soho House Dean Street, Shoreditch House and the newly open The Ned (admittedly these are members (or guests of members) only and The Ivy Group but we have also frequented 108 Brasserie (part of the Marylebone Hotel) and Chiltern Firehouse, in our quest to spend as much time as possible outside enjoying the weather, as well as the food!

    

So lets start with the beautiful Ivy Chelsea Garden...having dined many times at the original Ivy restaurant and some of the more recent editions (The Ivy Cafe Marylebone and The Ivy Market Grill), we were a little apprehensive about visiting this much raved about addition in Chelsea.

    

We do so for a friends birthday one balmy evening in July and the venue didn't fail to deliver, we started with drinks outside (on the Kings Road!!) but swiftly moved into the most beautiful garden area at the back, there are 2 parts to this - one under awning and one in the open by some magical fountains. It's this setting that really does it for this venue - you feel miles from the hustle and bustle of London and that's what makes it so special...the only downer is that you need to be done by 9.45pm when the lights go out and you are moved inside - to a table if they have one or to the tiny bar area - because of licensing restrictions.  Still worth a trip.

    

Next up The Ned, which we have been to a number of times since it opened in April, where the beautiful roof terrace (the only alfresco eating space) is accessible to those who aren't members IF you are a guest at the hotel.  However, if you are not either its still worth a visit for the 7 other restaurants in the stuning former banking hall... 

    

Back to the roof terrace, the views are truly stunning - it reminded us of Soho House Istanbul, which we loved when we stayed there a few years ago but with all the sites of London including a stunning view of St Paul's. There are 3 bars, 1 restaurant and of course the swimming pool...and it's well worth a visit. 

    

Last up for this blog piece, Chiltern Firehouse - we were late to visit this when it opened but once we did we became frequent visitors - as huge fans of its sister venues - Sunset Beach in Long Island the and The Mercer in New York, that's not surprising...

     

Our most recent visit was actually on a rainy Saturday in July - however the covered seating area serves very nicely for pre-lunch drinks (rain or shine) and makes such a great 'urban space', so even if you go there just for drinks its worth it (as tables are hard to come by last minute!)...we ate indoors as our reservation was late (and the rain really came down) but the main restaurant feels very 'open' or that might have been the champagne we consumed...

 

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